New Cluster for Applied AI

The cluster will contribute to Norway taking a leading position within profitable and sustainable application of artificial intelligence in a business perspective.

The fast development within digital technologies has led many public and private enterprises to consider, or have started, to apply artificial intelligence (AI) in operational improvement, effectivization, and to product and service development.

Cluster for Applied AI consists of strong partners representing the entire value chain for applied AI. Our ambition is to develop a leading eco system bridging the gap between science and commercial use of the most potent technology of our time. We focus on collaborative efforts in research, technology development, ethics, security and commerzialization, thus helping our partners and society to grow into a more sustainable and profitable future.

Several reports and strategies, for instance Digital21, state that knowledge about and ability to exploit the competetive advantages that AI provides, is criticial in making organizations capable of creating competetive innovation in the future.


  • Cluster for Applied AI is managed by Smart Innovation Norway. 
  • The cluster exists in parallell with Smart Innovation Norway’s first cluster, NCE Smart Energy Markets.
  • 44 partners from the business side, public sector, and academia are onboard so far.
  • The cluster fits actors who use AI today or have decided to do so. 

Would you like more information?

Contact Marianne Jansson Bjerkman by phone +47 924 14 854 or email.

Press inquiries?

Contact CEO Kjell Reidar Mydske by phone +47 907 38 479 or email.

Role of the cluster

The cluster will function as a phsyical and digital meeting hub for relevant actors within the field of applied AI. The cluster members will get the opportunity to learn from each other, collaborate in innovation projects, make business connections, work with other innovation systems, and work with terms and conditions.

The cluster facilitates and accelerates the opportunities within increased collaboration in all of these areas, and hopes to facilitate for sharing of data, infrastructure and other technology that the actors otherwise would not be able to invest in. The cluster is an independent part of Smart Innovation Norway’s innovation platform. As part of Smart Innovation Norway (SIN), the cluster can exploit experience, competence and activities from all of SIN’s innovation platform and network.


Norway’s Minister of Digitalization talks about AI enviroment in Halden (Norwegian)

Partner in the cluster?

The cluster is made by and for the business world and targets small and midsize businesses (SMB’s) which already use applied artificial intelligence today or plan on using AI in their business.

Would you like to know more about the cluster an a possible membership? 

We will establish Norway’s best environment for sustainable and profitable application of AI through network effects, open innovation, synergies and competence growth.
Main goals

Cluster for applied AI skal skape nye arbeidsplasser og bærekraftig utvikling basert på rett anvendelse av AI. Følgende delmål er identifisert:

  • Oppnå ledende kompetanse innen klyngen vedrørende anvendelse av AI innen våre markeder.
  • Kommersialisering og anvendelse. Virksomheter innen våre markeder tar i bruk bærekraftig AI-teknologi og løsninger fra klyngens medlemmer for å løse sine utfordringer.
  • Internasjonalisering. Klyngens medlemmer får internasjonal gjennomslagskraft og virksomhet.
  • Økosystem for innovasjon. Klyngen er levedyktig og velfungerende.
The cluster’s vision

“Create a world where Norwegian businesses are prepared to apply AI in the best interest of themselves and society.”

The vision is concretizised in the objectives. We see a world in which Norwegian businesses are better equipped to use AI in the best interest of themselves and society. In the report, Digital21, AI is identified as a critical competence area across different businesses, especially regarding the ability to innovate. Artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous systems are considered important areas of expertise for Norway in the years to come. With collaboration that create synergies across businesses, borders and academic communities, we believe Norway can take a leading position within sustainable, applied AI.

The cluster’s mission – this is how we work toward our vision

“We will establish Norway’s best environment for sustainable and profitable application of AI through network effects, open innovation, synergies and competence growth.”

About the AI environment
in Halden


Smart Innovation Norway is an innovation company that contributes to sustainable business and societal growth.

The company delivers independent, applied research and specializes in research-based business development within smart energy, smart communities and new technology.

Institute for Energy Technology has worked with problems and solutions within applied AI for 30 years. It is Norway’s largest research institute with more than 600 employees.

The company is a central actor in international energy and security research and develops new technological solutions for businesses and governments globally.

eSmart Systems delivers AI-driven software solutions to the energy business and service suppliers.

The company is based on more than 20 years of international experience in establishing and operating knowledge-based, leading IT and energy-related companies targeting global markets.